Friday, January 29, 2016

Queen by Aimee Carter

Genre:  YA Dystopian
The Blackcoat Rebellion Series, Book 3

Note:  This is the third book in a series.  Anything below could potentially spoil plots from earlier books in the series.

Description (taken from Aimee Carter's website):

Kitty Doe is a Blackcoat rebel and a former captive with a deadly connection to the most powerful and dangerous man in the country, Prime Minister Daxton Hart. Forced to masquerade as Daxton's niece, Lila Hart, Kitty has helped the Blackcoats take back the prison known as Elsewhere. But Daxton has no intention of ceding his position of privilege—or letting Kitty expose his own masquerade. Not in these United States, where each person's rank means the difference between luxury and poverty, freedom and fear…and ultimately, between life and death.

To defeat the corrupt government, Kitty must expose Daxton's secret. Securing evidence will put others in jeopardy, including the boy she's loved forever and an ally she barely trusts. For months, Kitty's survival has hinged on playing a part. Now she must discover who she truly wants to be, and whether the new world she and the rebels are striving to create has a place in it for her after all.

Kitty has been Masked to look like Lila Hart, the prime minister's niece.  She has been the spokesperson for both the rebellion and the current government.  But once Lila comes back into the limelight, Daxton no longer has a use for Kitty.  So he discards her in Elsewhere, a place he hopes will end her.  But instead, Kitty finds the full power of the rebellion willing to listen.

When Kitty tries to oust Daxton in front of his people, it's hard for people to believe her especially if they live a privileged life.  What she needs is evidence.  But is she willing to risk her life and the lives of her loved ones to get this?  As the rebellion leads a life of its own, key characters will come into play and choose to risk it all.  But in the end, will Kitty get what she wants?  A life without a corrupt ranking system?

This book is fast-paced and kept me hooked.  The story is easy to follow, and I don't remember a lot from the earlier books other than I enjoyed them.  However, there is something that happens in the story that bothered me.  I became so fixated on it that I kind of ignored the rest of the story.  And...  I don't know if that just made me get through the story faster or if I quit paying as much attention.  But regardless, I was happy with the ending.

I think this is a good dystopian series that people will like.  I was definitely glad I got my hands on it.

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